When appeals are in plenty to save millions of underprivileged children across the world, the foreign friends of Bangladesh here have come forward with a unique idea to help those children by raising funds through hosting a fashion show to be held in the city on Saturday.
Brazilian Embassy in Dhaka, Spouses of Head of Missions (SHOM) and the Fashion Design Council of Bangladesh joined hands to host the fashion show titled ‘Haute Couture’ at Le Meridien Dhaka where the spouses of heads of missions will be the models to touch the hearts of those children.
Cosmos Group, REVIVE, Bashundhara Group, Mutual Trust Bank Limited, Dhaka Page3, Bay Developments Ltd, Bangladesh Heritage Crafts Foundation and Le Meridien Dhaka are the sponsors of the event while United News of Bangladesh (UNB) is the media partner.Before the formal beginning of the fashion show, participants will enjoy a live music where an American band will perform.
“Our expectation is to help the disabled, abandoned and disadvantaged children who need us and our help. We want to raise funds and touch their hearts,” Sandra Tabajara, wife of Brazilian Ambassador in Dhaka, told UNB in an interview ahead of the event.
She said they have lots of volunteers working with them to successfully host the event. “We’ve many hands to work together. We can do something.”Tabajara, who is inspired by Mother Teresa’s works, said this is an idea which begins this year with an expectation that it will continue in the coming years, too. “We want to inspire others to do the same thing.”
Appreciating the people of Bangladesh, she said, “I’ve to tell you, you’ve a very good heart. I know my friends in Bangladesh also do a very important job on the same cause.”Apart from raising funds for the disadvantaged children in Bangladesh, Tabajara said, they also want to promote the young designers of Bangladesh. “That’s why we joined hands with them (Fashion Design Council).”
Talking about live music at the fashion show, she said, “An American band will perform. I’ve another friend — the drummer of the band — from the Embassy of Sweden.”Talking about the dress code, Tabajara said everything there will be in blue and white. “We’ve to wear either blue or white; or blue and white together. That’s the idea of colour code.”
Tabajara said she so is impressed by the quality of Bangladeshi designers. “I must mention silk and Jamdani sarees. When I go to a party, I see all these wonderful sarees. I feel like I’m not dressed well.”“It’s so pretty to see someone wearing saree. That’s why I see why you’re growing in RMG industry,” she said flashing a big smile.
Describing Bangladesh and her stay in Dhaka, Tabajara said it makes her extremely happy to represent Brazil in such a lovely country like Bangladesh where she sees everything so warm and friendly.“You’re so rich on cultural front, so similar to our country. We’re really very happy here. We’ve already got good friends here. This is the most important [thing],” she said.
Responding to a question, Tabajara said Bangladesh and Brazil have many things common in the field of art and culture. “You’ve so many great artists, painters and also weavers. Bangladesh is very rich in culture. We’ve this richness, too.”She said the weavers and the people behind Jamdani sarees need help. “There’re some issues that we’ve to do together to find a way.”
Tabajara recalled her visit to Mother Teresa’s house in Kolkata and also similar works in Dhaka what actually inspired her to do something here to help the underprivileged people who need support. Tabajara shared her idea with Maheen Khan, a well-known pioneer in the design industry of Bangladesh, and spouses of Ambassadors and High Commissioners who responded positively.“We’ll be the models. People will really have fun seeing us as models,” she said.